Letter from Cephas Rockwood to Louisa Foote
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Chester April 30th 1816 - Well louisa. As I promissed [sic] in my last I write a short letter this week. My last, I think, has been gone a week this day. And I can now scarcely remmember [sic] what it contained, and I presume that a month hence it will make no difference. However, I should have written more, but have, for four days past, been quite unwell - I have now got about again, that is. have got into my office, and am at this moment listening to the clack of a crazy Client - (at least he thinks I listen) of course I cannot write long - A few days since, I heard a story that pleased me very much; and I now tell the same to you, because I think it will amuse you - A young gentleman by the name of Washburn - who now lives in Massts [sic] courted a girl in Putney in this state for four or five years - They expected to be married as soon as he became Master of his profession. On complete- =ing his studies, (about a year since) he visited his girl; and told her that he _had_ calculated to marry her - and that his object in so doing was to make [page break] himself and her happy - But he had learned (from his own feelings) that if _they_ were married, h [sic] should make her unhappy - and himself miserable, Because his _Love_ for her was so _great_ that if they were Married, he should be _Crazy_ - The girl immediately replyed, [sic] that her feelings towards him were of tenderest kind, and there was nothing in the world, she more desired than his happiness - She had thought from her own feelings, and what he had told her, that their marriage, would make them both happy - But if contrary to her wish, it was going to make him miserable, She would cheerfully submit to a seperation; [sic] and all though it might cause her some disagreeable feelings - yet if he pleased, they would from that time break off all connection - In about a month from that time she married, a brother of Washburns - And I understand he has since married a young Lady in Massts [sic]- (I conclude it must be a person he did not _Love_) [page break] This is a story so original, I thought it would bear telling, and as I had but a moment to write, I embraced the opportunity of telling it, rather than to say nothing - But the stage horn is blowing, and the mail is not done of course I must conclude - And now my Louisa accept the homage, and feelings of the writer, while I subscribe myself _your_ Cephas [page break] [addressed to] [underline] Free [/underline] C.L. Rockwood [underline] P. Master. Chester [/underline] Miss Louisa Foote Canton St. Lawrence Co. N. York -
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